By Richard Evans
The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits the sale of handguns to anyone under the age of 18, criminals, drug addicts and the mentally ill. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 was passed 12 years after the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan that seriously wounded his press secretary, James Brady.
The Brady Act created a national background check system to prevent firearms sales to the “prohibited persons” included in the Gun Control Act of 1968. Most of these checks are completed at the time of the sale of a weapon. Alternatively, if a denial of the sale is not received by the dealer within three days, it may be legally completed at that time. That certainly isn’t much of an inconvenience for a legitimate gun purchaser to endure.
Evans lives in Roanoke and is the owner of Housing Associates.